Regionalized Hydrologic Parameters Estimates for a Seamless Prediction of Continental scale Water Fluxes and States

Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Rohini Kumar1, Juliane Mai1, Oldrich Rakovec1, Matthias Cuntz1, Stephan Thober1, Matthias Zink1, Sabine Attinger2, David Schaefer2, Martin Schrön1 and Luis E Samaniego1, (1)Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, (2)Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Accurate representation of water fluxes and states is crucial for hydrological assessments of societally relevant events such as floods and droughts. Hydrologic and/or land surface models are now commonly used for this purpose. The seamless prediction of continental scale water fluxes from these models requires among other things (i) a robust parameterization technique that allows the model to operate across a range of spatial resolutions and (ii) an efficient parameter estimation technique to derive a representative set of spatially consistent hydrologic parameters to avoid discontinuities of simulated hydrologic fields. In this study, we demonstrate the applicability of a mesoscale hydrologic modeling framework that incorporates a novel multiscale parameter regionalization technique (mHM-MPR) to derive the long-term gridded estimates of water fluxes and states over the Pan-EU domain. The MPR technique allows establishing linkages between hydrologic parameter fields and basin geophysical attributes (e.g., terrain, soil, vegetation properties) through a set of transfer functions and quasi-scale invariant global parameters. We devise a multi-basin parameter estimation strategy that utilizes observed streamflows from a reduced set of hydrologically diverse basins to infer a representative set of global parameters. The selection of diverse basins is guided through a stepwise clustering algorithm based on the basins geophysical and hydro-climatic attributes. Results of this strategy are contrasted against the single-basin calibration strategy across 400 European basins varying from approximately 100 km2 to 500000 km2. The single-basin parameter estimates although produced the site-specific best results, but their transferability to other basins resulted in poor performance. Initial results indicate that the multi-basin calibration strategy is at least as good as the best single-basin cross-validated results. Furthermore, the gridded fields of hydrologic parameters and the corresponding water fluxes and states generated based on global parameters from the multi-basin optimization technique is physically more plausible and exhibit spatial continuity rather than a patchy distribution generated by the single-basin optimization technique.